Netanyahu on Orlando: ‘All of Us Are Targets’ of ‘Radical Islamist Terror’

Written by Joshua B. Dermer/TPS on June 15, 2016

In the wake of the Orlando terror attack that killed 49 people at a gay bar, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video to Twitter on Wednesday saying that “all of us are targets” of terror and pledging his support for the LGBT community.

“This week’s shooting wasn’t merely an attack on the LGBT community – it was an attack on all of us, on our common values of freedom, diversity, and choice,” he said.

“Radical Islamist terror makes no distinction between shades of infidel,” Netanyahu added. “This week it was gays in Orlando, a few days before that is was Jews in Tel Aviv. Before that it was music fans in Paris, travelers in Brussels, Yazidis in Iraq, community workers in San Bernardino, Christians and journalists in Syria – all of us are targets.”

Last week two Palestinian terrorists opened fire on Israeli shoppers and diners at an upscale mall in central Tel Aviv, killing four Israeli Jews.

“We will not be terrified into submission. We will fight back, and we will triumph,” Netanyahu vowed. “I have no doubt that those who seek to spread hate and fear will be defeated. Working together, we’ll defeat them even faster.”

Emphasizing the persecution of the LGBT community in the face of radical Islam and ISIS, Netanyahu said that now, more than ever, is the time for people to come together. “We need to stand united, resolute in the belief that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of their race, regardless of their ethnicity – all people deserve respect, deserve dignity.”

“Today I ask of you to reach out to friends of the LGBT community, to comfort them and tell them to stand together. We stand together as one. Tell them they will never be alone. We are all one family deserving of dignity, deserving of life.”

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